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#7054715 - 01/26/18 11:19 PM Anyone moving leases?
Txduckman Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 13724
Loc: Big D
Been on our place 7 years. Never see legal bucks. I have shot 2 that maybe score 120 each but those are the only 2 I have seen that were legal in 7 years and I hunt a lot. Still see lots of deer but doe and young messed up bucks everytime in blind. Good turkey and tons of pigs. Cows with bull are kept on 1,000 acres year round so way overgrazed by some cow guy and full of broomweed. Lots and lots of cactus and mesquites too. But great camp site in post oaks with cabins we built or brought in, electricity and water. LO lives in town who I have met 3 or 4 times tops. Camp is 1.5 miles back and secluded with his other property surrounding us but one is a HF. It's great place to hang out and get away right at 2 hours from the house.

Delema is buddy invited on his lease 20 miles away so still just 2 hours from house. But they have big deer. 150+ is not uncommon and the norm for a few folks. Several 170 taken each year. Has 7 wheat fields and river so same turkey and hogs and good dove and ducks as well. House is included with year round access but it is twice as much per spot. Feed included. But land per hunter is over 600 acres and open blinds like our place so first come, first serve or draw #s. Cows are rotated and habitat is managed extremely well. On 9,000 acres there is hardly any broomweed, its all tall grasses and brush. I saw more deer in two hunts there than I might see all season sometimes. Same rules at both places with guest privelages. Wondering if I take the jump...

#7054717 - 01/26/18 11:26 PM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
bigdavehunting Offline

Registered: 01/30/09
Posts: 1493
Loc: Abilene Tx
It cost money to have a good lease. I say go and don't look back or set your mind to take the trash bucks off and try to help your lease. Good luck with your decision. Its really an easy decision if you can afford the new lease.

#7054718 - 01/26/18 11:26 PM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 394
Loc: N. Dallas/Sulphur Bluff
If you are primarily a deer hunter the first place is actually costing you more per buck than the new one would.....

#7054721 - 01/26/18 11:38 PM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
Txduckman Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 13724
Loc: Big D
No chance of taking crap bucks off our current place as they are too narrow. Literally I have seen just a few 13 inch bucks in 7 years. Never complained but I find myself sleeping in more now. We had 2 giants taken next door this year but that was literally it for legal we had on camera and they were taken before general season in bow and youth. I estimate we have 14 hunters in a 2000 acre area. New place would be that many on 9,000+ acres with only a few there each weekend. Place now is less than $2000 at $9 per acre and new would be less than $5,000 at $7 an acre. Our current lease with 6 guys, we have taken only 3 bucks total in 3 years or 6 in 4 years.

#7054736 - 01/27/18 01:01 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
D6Ranch Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/13/15
Posts: 256
Loc: San Saba
If you're after a buck it's time to change properties.

#7054745 - 01/27/18 02:05 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
snake oil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 1919
Loc: Graham
Yepper pulled up stakes last weekend......

#7054751 - 01/27/18 04:25 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
onlysmith&wesson Offline

Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 874
Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
Sounds like it's time to move on. It'll definitely boost your enthusiasm for getting up and getting up after 'em again. You can get in a rut stop and stop and expanding your knowledge as a hunter when you spend a lot of time on a lease that doesn't have you fired up. Get on the new place and start drawing on your experience to go after some good deer on a new place. I'm leaving a decent lease to get on one that's a little better to be with some hunting partners from my past. Also, you never know when you may get that call and for whatever reason, you gotta leave a lease on someone else's time table. It's a whole lot better to leave on good terms on your own schedule.
An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.

#7054774 - 01/27/18 07:07 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
BowsnRods Offline
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Registered: 05/05/08
Posts: 2198
Loc: Bandera County
Pack your bags my Brother, time for change of scenery.

#7054790 - 01/27/18 07:36 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10537
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#7054819 - 01/27/18 08:18 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
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The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 18929
Loc: Winters
If the money is not an issue, itís a no brainer.

#7054822 - 01/27/18 08:19 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
sbushee Online   content
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 2010
No brainer if youíre after bigger deer.

#7054834 - 01/27/18 08:33 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
Mr. T. Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 2633
Loc: Hunt in Cass County, live in T...
Just the fact that you said you were "sleeping in" a few times now means it's time to move before you loose all interest in hunting.
Ski cabin rental in Pagosa Springs.

#7054955 - 01/27/18 10:20 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
QMC(SW/EXW) Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 49
Heck I'd love to get into a low priced lease just to shot a couple does or spikes every season. I don't care about big racks and only hunt meat now.

#7055493 - 01/27/18 08:14 PM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 9059
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I would definitely move

#7055684 - 01/28/18 12:46 AM Re: Anyone moving leases? [Re: Txduckman]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 14492
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Change can be good. Sounds like your currently getting what your paying for based on price IMO.
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